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Experimental Methods of Psychology Poster Congress WS 18/19

In the winter semester of 2018/2019, the annual poster congress of the course "Experimental Methods of Psychology" took place, in which the students of the third semester Komedia participated. The practical course encompasses all important steps of empirical research work, from the literature search to the planning and execution of the first own experiment to the presentation of the results on a poster. The poster conference thus forms the solemn conclusion of a sometimes exhausting but also insightful time.

27 poster groups presented their interesting research results.

As usual, the staff of the Department of General Psychology: Cognition decided which three posters stand out. This was a very difficult decision given the multitude and good quality of the posters. The dedicated winners were rewarded with shapely medals.

1st Place:
Adriano Uguccioni, Duc Huy Nguyen, Lena Pauline Strucks, Nadja Leiter and Theresa von Pikarski

2nd Place:
Birte Koczy, Maria Heiland, Marlene Sawicki, Sarah Schaible and Elisa Puschner

3rd Place:
Tobias Scheffel, Chiara Hachenberg, Gesa Pütz and Paul Neumann


We thank all participants for their commitment and the pleasant atmosphere.

Cologne, April 2018

ICBA 2018: Picture Gallery

Cologne, April 2018 ICBA 2018: We say thank you!

Team ICBA 2018

The 5th International Conference on Behavioral Addictions (ICBA 2018) was a great success. This year's ICBA was hosted by our team (Prof. Dr. Matthias Brand) and the team from the Hannover Medical School (Prof. Dr. Dr. Astrid Müller) and it took place in Cologne. The president of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Addictions (ISSBA), Prof. Dr. Zsolt Demetrovics (University of Budapest), was delighted with this year's ICBA, stating that the conference with about 300 contributions from all over the world has further increased, not only in quantity but also in quality. Also other renowned researchers expressed their enthusiasm and gratitude for the excellent organization. We would like to deeply thank all participants of the ICBA 2018 for making these three days so special and unique!

Numerous keynotes and scientific symposia gave insights into the research area of behavioral addictions and those behaviors currently being discussed as such, e.g. Gaming Disorder, Internet-Use Disorder, or Buying Disorder. The keynote lectures were held by international leading experts in the respective fields, e.g. Luke Clark (Canada) about Gambling Disorder, Daria Kuss (UK) about Social-Media Addiction, Guangheng Dong (China) about Internet-Gaming Disorder, Rudolf Stark (Germany) about Pornography-Use Disorder, or Michael Kyrios (Australia) about Buying Disorder. Kimberly Young, a luminary in the field of Internet-Addiction research, was unable to come due to health reasons but contributed to this conference with a special video message. Her impressive talk was addressed and complemented with enriching suggestions by Elisa Wegmann. A further enrichment were the newly introduced pro/con debates, which caused lively discussions about pathologizing behavior (Aviv Weinstein, Israel vs. Joël Billieux, Luxembourg) and the concept of 'food addiction' (Erica M. Schulte, USA vs. Fernando Fernández-Aranda, Spain).

Early-career scientists also got a chance to speak. Starting with Stephanie Antons sharing her impressions as a young researcher at the opening ceremony, numerous other early-career researchers presented their work at eight parallel sessions. Especially the newly introduced format of minitalks gave many of them the chance to make their voices heard. The social dinner on Tuesday evening, which was fully booked, rounded off the program so that the international conference as a whole was a great success.

Therefore we say: THANK YOU to all participants of the ICBA 2018 in Cologne!

April 2018 Project ILoNa: Press release on the award

The state of North Rhine-Westphalia honored the project ILoNa and included it in the exhibition for climate protection as part of KlimaExpo.NRW. In this project, the department General Psychology: Cognition has identified problem areas and starting points and thus made an important contribution to enabling companies to work on solutions to make logistics services more sustainable. The press release on the award can be found here.

Cologne, April 2018 International Conference on Behavioral Addictions

Icba 2018-01The International Conference on Behavioral Addictions in Cologne takes place from the 23rd to 25th of April. With 14 keynote speakers and 42 scientific symposia, the conference offers an excellent program on behavioral addictions. Some keynote speakers and many symposia focus on Internet Gaming Disorder and other addictive behaviors in the context of digital media usage. In addition, current developments in international classification systems of mental disorders are taken into account. So, according to the current Beta Draft of the ICD-11, Gaming Disorder will probably be added as a standalone disorder. This has far-reaching consequences for diagnostics, counselling, prevention, and treatment of Internet-related disorders.

The ICBA provides an excellent environment to learn about the latest developments in the field of behavioral addiction research and to exchange ideas with colleagues. Other main topics are pathological gambling, buying addiction, and hypersexual behavior.

Many well-known speakers followed the invitation to Cologne: Luke Clark (Canada), Zsolt Demetrovics (Hungary), Guangheng Dong (China), Daniel King and Michael Kyrios (both Australia), Marcantonio Spada and Daria Kuss (both UK), Kimberly Young (USA), Hans-Jürgen Rumpf (Lübeck) and Rudolf Stark (Gießen) from Germany, to name just a few.

The conference is organized by Prof. Dr. Matthias Brand (University of Duisburg-Essen) and Prof. Dr. Dr. Astrid Müller (Hannover Medical School) as well as Prof. Dr. Zsolt Demetrovics (University of Budapest). The conference language is English. Further information on this year's ICBA can be found on the congress homepage

March 2018 New publication

Marc N. Potenza (USA), Susumu Higuchi (Japan) and Matthias Brand use their current publication in Nature to point out that behavioral addiction research should continue to be strenghtened and also phenomena beyond „gambling disorder" and "gaming disorder" – e.g., a problematic pornography use and buying addiction – need to be addressed.

Potenza, M.N., Higuchi, S., & Brand, M. (2018). Call for research into a wider range of behavioural addictions. Nature, 555, 30.

3rd International Conference on Behavioral Addictions (ICBA 2016) Keynote

Prof. Dr. Matthias Brand gave a keynote talk on "Internet pornography addiction: Theoretical models, behavioral data, and neuroimaging findings" on the 3rd International Conference on Behavioral Addictions (ICBA) in Geneva. Another six of our team members gave presentations about behavioral addictions in various symposia and sessions.

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The opening ceremony of the Center for Behavioral Addiction Research (CeBAR) at the University of Duisburg-Essen has taken place at CASINO Zollverein in Essen on June 24, 2016.

At the symposium, with approximately 100 participants, greetings were given by Prof. Dr. Torben Weis, Vice Dean of the department of Computer Science and Applied Cognitive Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen and PD Dr. Bert te Wildt of the Ambulance for Behavioral Addictions at the Ruhr-University Bochum. These were followed by talks about different behavioral addictions which were given by internationally acknowledged experts and early career scientists. The talks about Internet use disorder, gambling disorder, pathological buying, and hypersexual behavior were complemented by a panel discussion in which participants could ask questions to the experts.

The head of CeBAR, Prof. Dr. Matthias Brand, expressed his appreciation to all experts and participants for the successful event.


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New publications

Schiebener, J. & Brand, M. (in press). Age-related variance in decisions under ambiguity is explained by changes in reasoning, executive functions and decision making under risk. Cognition and Emotion.

Winter 2014/15 Famous Internet addiction researcher Dr. Kimberly Young visits Duisburg

Kimberly Young is probably the world’s most famous researcher on Internet addiction. For about two years there is a close research cooperation between her and our group General Psychology: Cognition. Recently Kimberly Young visited us in Duisburg and we planned future projects. We organized an internal symposium in which she gave an inspiring keynote talk on Internet addiction. We also presented our own research on Internet addiction. It was our honor and pleasure to discuss current topics of Internet addiction research in a relaxed atmosphere. Current shared articles are:


New book “Psychology” published

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The section General Psychology: Cognition on Facebook

The Section General Psychology: Cognition now has a profile on the social network site Facebook.
Anyone who is interested in receiving information and invitations to studies and experiments or simply wants to express his or her affiliation to the Section is invited to “like” General Psychology: Cognition.
You can get more information on our Facebook-Profile from Christian Laier.